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Another 18 months of roadworks on the M8


Motorists face 18 months of delays because of repairs on the main road to Glasgow Airport. Just 6 months after major road works were carried out on the M8 at the White Cart viaduct, and two months before another set of roadworks are planned, a new round of refurbishment will begin on Tuesday and last for a year and a half.

Transport Scotland said yesterday that recent inspections had revealed some areas of the viaduct 'require greater strengthening than first anticipated'. The work is part of the ongoing phased strengthening programme of the bridge, with the next stage planned for January.

The new repairs will include traffic management measures between junctions 27 (Arkleston) and 28 (Glasgow Airport), including narrow lanes and 40 mph speed restrictions. They will take effect on Tuesday (November 6) and last until summer 2009.

The viaduct carries the M8 over the White Cart Water, immediately to the south of Glasgow Airport. Built in 1968, it has been the subject of a series of structural investigations and repairs in recent years. More than 80,000 vehicles use it each day.

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